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Santa Teresa Park

Average Rating:    (3.65 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 40

Different trails, some are nasty, steep fire roads with crazy speed bumps to force you to slow down. I like to ride the rocky, technical singletrack to Coyote Peak and then take a fire road down (woohoo!).
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Latitude
37.2123017606645
Longitude
-121.78979873657227
Trail Directions
Polluters: 101 to Bernal Go up Bernal until you get to the park (Starbucks and other goodies along the way). Smog-free: Ride along the Coyote Creek trail from Hellyer Park to the north or from any of the access points along Monterey Highway to the south. Head east on Bernal and follow it all the way to the park.
Trail Length
several miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Jose
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Review Date
October 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.50 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Dion Rides ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is the only trail I ride around here and I probably ride it 3-5 times a week. It's within riding distance from my house and I do a quick loop: entering from Harry Rd. off Los Alamitos Creek Trail, through a flat single track and enter in the Fortini entrance. From there, depending on how much time I have, I'll just go for a quick climb that takes me to Stile Ranch Trail, which is a serious rock fest. Some folks climb it, but I'd rather not on my hardtail. I only see full suspension bikes going up.

Most of the trails are double tracks or fire roads and yes, they can be boring compared to trails of the UCSC caliber (most trails in San Jose are boring). However, I love mountain bike riding, and this is all I have that doesn't warrant me loading up the bike in the truck and driving somewhere. I've ridden my rigid 29er in fixed-gear and single-speed mode on this trail without a problem.

Traction is not very good since it's dry and loose in some areas, so you'll have to play with air-pressure if you're on a SS or hardtail. The climbing can get steep in some areas and if you're on a single-speed you may have to mash up the hills or even walk them depending on your fitness level.

These trails are not worth loading up and driving to unless you prefer fire roads and climbing to single tracks and obstacles. I'd love to sneak in some kicker jumps or small ladders here and there, but they'd get torn down.



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Review Date
April 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mtbpolyman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There needs to be a much more consistent means of rating these trails. I don't blame you because there don't seem to be any good trails in they bay, but please. I keep reading reviews on here about technical and exciting singletracks. I go try them only to find lame fireroads and flat jaunts that my grandma could do. Santa Teresa with rocky ridge is no exception. Those of you labelling anything in santa teresa as advanced need to visit someplace with TRUE mountain biking and be enlightened. It's fair to say my downhill bike is pretty useless in the bay.



Comments
Big Mo (05/05/2009)
if you want steep rock gardens, ladders, 20-30ft gaps find "hidden/closed trails" near UCSC
Dion Rides (10/12/2009)
Stile Ranch near the Fortini Road entrance has some good switchbacks and is a rock fest. That's about the most advance part of Santa Teresa County Park.
skyno (02/10/2012)
The bay area, where mtn biking was invented and is considered a top mtn biking destination, doesn't have any good trails? You need to get out more!
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Review Date
April 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: pancitpalabok ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Even when flattened by freagin volunteers. It's still pretty fun.
All you Santa Teresa hater GO AWAY. More fun for us.

****SHORT BUT FUN****

By the way last weekend someone busted a wrist and had to walk half way down. If you're not careful here you'll get hurt.

Do not go off the trail. Big rocks hiding in the grass.

Recommended Route:
Up and down Rocky Ridge to Stile's Ranch.
You can start from Carl's jr. for extra mileage.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Bay?
Demo(Corral, Braille, SawPit)
Gap
Steven's Canyon



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Review Date
March 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stiletto ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rest in Peace, Rocky Ridge. Thanks to the idiotic, County Parks and Trails Workers? (That's an oxymoron: County WORKERS...) Thank you for destroying a once 5 star single track trail. You have now created another fire road. Fire roads cause more erosion that nature-made single-track trails!!! Which is exactly what Rocky Ridge WAS: A natural single track which followed the ridge's natural pitch. Again, May you rest in peace, Rocky Ridge.

Recommended Route:
None. I'm sure the idiots will take a bobcat to Stiles also......

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Why, so people will complain and tell the rangers and then another trail will plowed, destroyed, like Rocky Ridge.



Comments
tparsons (03/24/2008)
Did they kill the whole trail? I heard it was just the bottom near the bridge. Anyway, sad to hear it. More and more of our bay area trails are meeting this fate. We don't need more fire roads.
squidhunter (06/09/2008)
I don't agree with this review. Rocky Ridge is far from a fire road. Yes, it has been "sterilized" a bit, but not that much. Its still a single track, still follows its original route, and still lives up to its name. Far as I can tell, the sterilization only removed some of the larger rocks on the trail. While I wouldn't travel very far to ride here, rocky ridge is still one of the few technically challenging single-tracks in the south San Jose area.
79chevy (09/17/2010)
you guys need to cut them a little slack here!im an avid mountain biker myself, even if they screwed up they r doing their job!
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Review Date
September 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: rreilly ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you're looking for fun, challenging technical singletrack...then this is it. The key to optimizing your fun at ST is to minimize fireroad usage and ride the singletracks both ways...without dabbing or resting. This gets high aerobic and technical ratings if ridden super-aggressively...make sure to attack Rocky Ridge hard going up without resting or dabbing...and try to Super-D descend it well under 10 minutes.

Recommended Route:
Following is a great out-and-back with a little of everything thrown in: Park at the corner of Bernal and Heaton Moore. Start road riding into the park and turn left on the dirt road at the first big curve. Then a quick right onto the Ohlone singletrack, and left onto Hidden Springs, and follow the dirt road around the left side of the parking lot through the old corral. At the end of the corral make a right through the meadow, and then left onto Pueblo up past the small upper parking lot, down the hill and then right onto Stile Ranch for a great little climb-descent-climb-descent. Follow Fortini, right on Mine, and right on Rocky Ridge for one of the best technical singletrack climbs around.
If you can make this from the car all the way to the top...without stopping for rest AND without dabbing...you're a pretty good rider in pretty good shape!
Then turn around and head back the way you came and enjoy the reverse direction climb on Stile Ranch.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Skeggs, UCSC/Wilder, Demo, Coe, Montebello/Gap/Longridge.



Comments
stiletto (12/29/2007)
GREAT ROUTE. NIIIIIIIIIICE!!!!!!! You're right: Shut the F@#$% up, ride and don't stop. Don't un-clip or put your foot down. Keep Riding.......
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